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Midwest New Musicals and Light Opera Works present


by Philip Seward and Joan Mazzonelli

A concert reading in Words and Music, a series of new musicals in progress.

Monday February 18, 2013 at 7:30 P.M.
Light Opera Works Second Stage at 1420 Maple
(at Lake – the MacGaw YMCA Children’s Center)
With a post show reception to meet the artists and authors of Eve.
R.S.V.P. and Ticketing Information:
Tickets are $15 at Light Opera Works box office by phone at (847) 920-5360 or at the door

EVE is a contemporary opera that takes place in one act in the middle of the night. Eve receives flowers, champagne and a marriage proposal! A dream come true - or is it? Eve spends a fitful night wondering whether to say yes or no to the most important decision of her life and receives advice from some unlikely nocturnal sources.

EVE is directed by Denise Blank and music directed by Linda Madonia. The cast features Karyn Davidowicz, Theresa Enright, Susan Smentek, and Kari Sorenson. The stage manager is Brock Alter. Midwest New Musicals is lead by workshop director John Sparks.

Philip Seward (music & libretto) has written musicals, operas and concert works. How To Date A Coloratura, was a finalist in the National Opera Association Chamber Opera competition. Hans Brinker received an After Dark award and several Jeff citations during its production at Theatre Building Chicago. Les Dames à trois… et piano, a Richard Rodgers Award finalist, played New York, Chicago, and Edinburgh, Scotland; High Fidelity played Merkin Hall in New York City and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Two operas for young audiences, Stone Soup, A Noteworthy Tale, and African Stories, were commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago, premiered in Chicago and played in several states. His concert music premiered on classical station WFMT with the Lira Ensemble of Chicago and has been performed by CUBE, Mostly Music and Bella Voce. His choral music is published through Edition Music Contact.

Joan Mazzonelli (libretto) has produced, directed, dramaturged and designed original musicals, plays and operas for Midwest New Musicals and Theatre Building Chicago, for the Academy of New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles, and in New York City, for The Opera Shop at the Vineyard Theatre, On Stage Productions, the Great Traveling Theatre of Oklahoma and the National Shakespeare Company. Joan is the Producer for Midwest New Musicals. She serves on the boards of City Lit Theater and Griffin Theatre and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Previously Joan was Artistic and Program Director at the Athenaeum Theatre and Executive Director for Theatre Building Chicago.

Midwest New Musicals is an ongoing forum where lyricists, composers and book writers create and discuss their work. Midwest New Musicals is a resident arm of Light Opera Works, Chicago’s specialists in operetta and musical theater.



 Midwest New Musicals workshop director is John Sparks.


This concert reading reading is part of the Words and Music series of Midwest New Musicals, a musical theater writers workshop in association with Light Opera Works.

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